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Crisis in Egypt: First Evacuation Flight Leaves

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- The first chartered flight evacuating U.S. citizens from Egypt took off from the turbulent country Monday as protesters organized for a million-man march against President Hosni Mubarak.

The flight is expected to arrive in Lanarca, Cyprus, later Monday, State Department officials said.  Five additional outbound planes are also being filled, officials said.

Hundreds of Americans remain at Cairo's airport, hoping to leave the country as it enters its seventh day of protests.

Mubarak, the embattled president of the world's largest Arab state, swore in a new cabinet Monday, according to state television.  On Friday, Mubarak dissolved his government.

His move on Saturday to appoint a vice president, Omar Suleiman, for the first time in his 30 years of authoritarian rule resonated with protesters as another way for Mubarak to cling to power.

The new cabinet is not likely to quell the thousands of anti-government demonstrators calling for his ouster.

A coalition of opposition groups is organizing a million-man march to take place Tuesday.  Opposition groups want to march from Tahrir, or Liberation Square, to force Mubarak to step down by Friday.  They are also calling for a strike, though banks, schools and the stock market are shut down for a second working day.

Police are back out after virtually disappearing from the streets late Friday, leaving a vacuum in security that was filled by looters, vandals, and the release of prisoners from the country's jails.

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